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Cif Belief: The battle for Valentine’s Day

Since its Roman inception Valentine’s Day has ranged from a celebration of sexuality to a plea for purity

The development of Valentine’s Day into the orgy of commercialised sentimentality we know today has been a long process, with Roman paganism and the poets of the middle ages both making a contribution to the day’s current associations with romance, love and sex. But the reclaiming of the day by fundamentalist Christians to further the agenda of the religious right has added a new chapter to this long history…

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Cif Belief: Creationist claims in Northern Ireland

Supporters of creationism in Northern Ireland are abusing the language of rights and equality in order to gain a foothold

Last month Nelson McCausland, DUP assembly member and Northern Ireland culture minister, wrote to the trustees of National Museums Northern Ireland about how “to ensure that museums are reflective of the views, beliefs and cultural traditions” of the region. This included a more specific stipulation – referring explicitly to the Ulster Museum, the letter called for alternative views of the origin of the universe to be accommodated. In other words, creationism was to be incorporated into the museum’s natural history displays. That an elected minister should make such a suggestion is a development that should be taken seriously…

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